Rebels grab first 2-0 start since 1990

September 10, 2011

The last time South Hagerstown High School started a football season with two straight wins, none of the players on the 2011 squad were born.

The Rebels are 2-0, with wins over Berkeley Springs and Francis Scott Key. It is the best start for the Rebels since 1990, when the team started 4-0 on the way to a 7-3 record.

South knocked off Catonsville, Boonsboro, Brunswick and Williamsport to start that season.

Standing in the way of South’s third win will be Boonsboro, which visits School Stadium on Friday for the Rebels’ home opener. South has won the last two meetings with Boonsboro.

The Warriors beat Manchester Valley 57-14 on Saturday.

 · South came up with the big play offensively in its 19-0 win over FSK.

The Rebels had 209 total yards in offense on only 30 plays. South rushed for 113 yards, with 97 coming on two plays — a 55-yard TD run by Ahmere Ware and a 42-yard run by QB Brandon Hess. In the air, Hess went 6 of 8 for 96 yards, 46 coming on a TD hookup with Michael Hill. That’s 143 yards, or 68 percent, in three plays. South ran seven plays that gained negative yardage.

 · Defensively, South’s defense held FSK without a gain on 12 plays and came up with two turnovers. The Rebels did not have a turnover.

 · Hess had a big game with his foot, averaging 44.6 yards per punt on five kicks. He had a 52-yarder that just nudged across the goal line that resulted in a touchback.

 · “We had a lethargic first half on offense,” said South coach Toby Peer. “Their defense was slanted. We got some balance and our guys really gutted it out. FSK played hard and physical.”

 · Two games are on tap Monday in Washington County due to the recent weather problems. Williamsport will host Northern Garrett at 6 p.m. while Hancock will host Bishop Walsh at 7 p.m.

— Tim Koelble

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